The 2015 NE-4B Conclave was held on June 12-14 and hosted by Monaken Lodge at the beautiful 7 Mountains Scout Camp, located in the heart of central Pennsylvania. Monaken Lodge did a fantastic job putting together a wonderful program centered on the theme, “100 Years, Forged in the Flames of Cheerfulness.” In literal context, a forge is used to heat an object so that it can be formed into a strong and durable final product. The past century of the Order has undergone some major changes: our legacy was founded, our organization grew, and now we prepare for another 100 years of cheerful service.
Morning program included various training sessions, ranging from hands-on skills to lodge leadership and improvement. Afternoon lodge competitions included tetherball, human foosball, volleyball, horseshoes, and frisbee. Participants were also able to browse through a vendor display “Midway” open all day, featuring stands such as drone flying, gold prospecting, Penn State athletics, Native American history, chainsaw art, blacksmith displays, Boy Scout museum, silk screening, leather work, and coin collecting. The PA Fish Commission also had a special program which featured some of their live reptiles and amphibians. A reenactment of the original Ordeal ceremony from 1915 was performed in the late afternoon. Saturday concluded with a centennial bonfire and ice cream social in the evening.
Unique to NE-4B is cubclave, a special Cub Scouting event held on the Saturday of conclave. We invite parents and Cub Scouts from across the section to join us on Saturday for fun activities and to experience the OA first hand. Once the Cub Scout specific program ends, packs are given free-range to explore conclave.
Not only does NE-4B provide Cub packs with program, but they also use it as an OA promotion tool. They stress to the Cub Scouts that conclave is one of the exciting opportunities waiting for them once they cross over into Boy Scouts, and they also demonstrate to the parents that it is the youth that run these kinds of events (youth leaders that their children can grow into as they continue on with their Scouting career). Cubclave specific program included water bottle rockets, paracord craft, shooting sports (BB gun, archery, stone throwing, and slingshots), and fishing. Anyone looking at a Cubclave participant could easily tell that everyone had an amazing time by the smiles and laughs on their faces throughout the day.
Allohak Menewi Lodge did a spectacular job putting together the evening shows with stunning light fog effects. The culinary experience climaxed Saturday night as guests chowed down to a shrimp broil topped off with pork, potatoes, corn, and cake, all served on professional catering dining ware.
Special guests throughout the weekend included 2015 Northeast Region Chief Matt Bell, Rob and Michele Hanes of Langundowi Lodge, Section NE-6A Chief Zach Sager, Section NE-6A Adviser Tony Roman, and Section NE-6A Associate Adviser Roger Volrath, and Glen “GT” Thompson. Glen is a former Monaken lodge chief, Vigil Honor member, Distinguished Eagle Scout and current representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.All-in-all, 350 guests attended throughout the weekend along with 120 Cub Scouts and parents coming on Saturday for cubclave. In total, Saturday’s attendance (vendors included) peaked at around 500. Section officer elections were held Sunday morning. Jonathon Chester of Monaken Lodge was elected chief, Maclean Smith of Monaken Lodge was elected vice chief, and Aaron Coffman of Wagion Lodge was re-elected secretary. Conclave 2015 was a fantastic weekend and a great way to commemorate a century of our Order.Section officer elections were held Sunday morning. Jonathon Chester of Monaken Lodge was elected chief, Maclean Smith of Monaken Lodge was elected vice chief, and Aaron Coffman of Wagion Lodge was re-elected secretary. Conclave 2015 was a fantastic weekend and a great way to commemorate a century of our Order.